New South Wales captain Paul Gallen has slammed the ongoing criticism of Blues halfback Trent Hodkinson, saying he has had a “gutful” of Blues supporters attacking their own players.
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Hodkinson copped plenty of stick after the Blues’ Origin I loss to Queensland in Sydney last month and was benched during the Bulldogs’ NRL triumph over St George Illawarra on Monday.
Gallen has had enough of the criticism being dished out to his side, saying the Blues had now developed a “siege mentality” ahead of the all-important Origin II clash at the MCG next Wednesday.
I’ve just had a gutful of blokes giving it to him basically,” Gallen told Fox Sports’ NRL 360.
“If you don’t want to support the players that have been picked, don’t support us. Don’t talk about us, don’t watch us.
“We’re here as a group and we have a bit of that siege mentality at the moment.
“It’s almost like people out there don’t want us to win sometimes — that’s the way it feels — and it’s coming from NSW people too and that’s disappointing.
“Hopefully everyone from NSW can get behind us and support us. Not only Trent but the whole team.”
Gallen was this week named in Laurie Daley’s squad for the must-win clash after proving his fitness during Cronulla’s shock win over the Roosters on Sunday.
The 33-year-old ran a game best 266 metres in a performance that will give Blues fans plenty of hope for next week’s clash.